Here we provide useful tips on creating and maintaining a beautiful and sustainable home landscape, with special emphasis on what works well here in Contra Costa. Our most recent publication is Trees Suitable for Planting in Lawns in Contra Costa County, which we hope you will find useful. Questions about information in any of our publications can be directed to our Help Desk.
Since 2014, we've gotten more and more questions about the drought. Here are some tips put together by the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa.
Some FAQs and Contra Costa Times articles are listed below that address home landscaping questions we receive often.
- 2011-07-16 Black Soldier Fly Larvae in Worm Bins
- 2011-10-15 Growing Oaks from Acorns
- 2011-09-17 Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles
- 2010-09-11 Local Frost Dates
- 2011-02-19 Boron in Irrigation Water
- 2011-05-21 Fire Blight in Spring
- 2011-03-05 Soil Testing
- 2010-03-20 Wood Ashes Change Soil Chemistry
- 2010-02-06 Natives-Water or Not
- 2011-08-20 Killer Lilies
- 2010-08-07 Horticultural Oils for Insect Control
- 2011-04-16 Pruning Hydrangeas for Best Bloom
- 2010-07-17 Leafhoppers: Transitory Insects
- 2011-03-19 Managing Oxalis (Bermuda Buttercup)
- 2010-07-03 Weeds & Weed Seeds
- 2010-11-20 Mistletoe Infestations in Trees
- 2010-11-04 Frost Protection for Tender Plants
- 2010-03-06 Pressure-Treated Lumber for Raised Beds
- 2010-10-16 Protect Plants from Sunburn
- 2010-08-21 Deer in the Garden
- 2010-06-19 Growing Acid Loving Plants
- 2010-06-05 Growing Coast Redwoods
- 2010-05-15 Lawn Thatch Buildup
- 2010-04-17 Anthracnose in Spring
- 2010-01-16 UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
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